This is the beginning of our herd. Belita, Lucy and Mary-Rose will be the original mothers . They are from the Silver family (see No.1 below). Now I’ve looked into it I feel like they should make lots of new ones….there are not a huge amount of them left.
Their pedigree names are:
Lower Eaton Ruby 14th
Lower Eaton Ruby 15th
Lower Eaton Amethyst 5th
A bit like queens I think
I chose the Traditional Hereford because it is a relatively rare breed – and docile.
A bit of history…
The Traditional Hereford was carefully nurtured and developed by a group of skilled breeders in Herefordshire 250 years ago and are so firmly fixed that their transmission from one generation to another can always be relied upon. It was this selection process in Herefordshire and the surrounding Counties, which created the ideal grazing animal.
More information at: www.traditionalherefords.org
TRADITIONAL HEREFORDS CENSUS 2008
Year 1994 2003 2005 2008
Cows 223 454 511 742
Stock bulls 17 24 43 54
Cow families 37 26 24 22
Herds 10 49 61 63
Cattle numbers continue to increase with a conservative estimate of 742 pedigree traditional cows in pedigree herds.
This is an increase of 45% since the 2005 census.
The number of stock bulls has also increased to 54.
The number of pedigree female registrations continues to increase, however, herd numbers have levelled off, and new recruits are only managing to replace those retiring.
Twenty cow families now have reasonable numbers.
Two have only two members (Linnet and Ivydene)
Two families are extinct (Spark and Springhill Countess)
- Silver (Amethyst, Cilla, Ruby, Sapphire, Sylvia)
- Belladonna (Venus, Spotlight, Model, Laura)
- Plum / Potency
- Beauty (Gaudy, Buttercup/fly, Free Town “C”)
- Countess (Llandinabo)